Cecilia was asked to give the invocation for graduation. That morning, she asked my husband Terrell and me to read her prayer. The focus of her prayer was thanksgiving to God – for their teachers, their friends, their accomplishments, their challenges and their trials. She was marking the end of this season of her life with thanksgiving to God.
I’m struck by how much more often I can do this! I can mark the end of a hard week with specific thanks to God. We can mark the end of an argument with thanks – Thank you Lord for leading us to a place of understanding, forgiveness, or at least compromise! We have so many opportunities to give thanks to God for His role in any circumstance in our day. The list is endless: accomplishing our errands, finishing the ironing, making that phone call we were dreading, making a decision, overcoming a challenge. 1 Thessalonians 5.18 says, “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
To graduate means “to pass from one stage of experience, proficiency to a usually higher one”. Lord, help me to graduate to a new level of giving thanks to You! I want to mark Your presence in my day more – with thanksgiving.